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Permitted Paid Engagement Visa

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Permitted Paid Engagement Visa

The permitted paid engagement visa is for those who are over 18 years of age and wish to visit the UK for a short period undertaking a paid engagement without the need for being sponsored for work under the UK point based system.The maximum permitted stay in the UK is one month.

Permitted Paid Engagement visa requirements

In order to qualify for a Permitted Paid Engagement visa, the applicant will need to satisfy the below requirements:

  • Intend to undertake only specified paid work
  • Invited by a UK based organisation or client
  • Paid work must be in relation to area of expertise or occupation overseas
  • Intend to leave the UK at the end of the visit
  • Have sufficient funds to cover all reasonable costs in relation to the visit without accessing public funds

This route is normally chosen by individuals invited to be a student examiner or assessor, take part in selection panels as a highly qualified academic, give one-off lectures at a higher education institution, air pilot examiners, provide advocacy in a particular area of law, take part in arts, entertainment or sporting activities including broadcasting and to attend fashion modelling assignments.

How can we assist?

Our Immigration lawyers at City Legal have immense experience in handling UK short-stay visa applications from all over the world. Our experience ranges from dealing with issues relating to ECO not being convinced that the applicant will return back to allegations of fraudulent documents submitted with the application. We are a multi award winning law firm and pride ourselves in being approachable, innovative and always going that extra mile to make sure our clients receive the individual attention they deserve. Our Immigration team maintains a high reputation and is committed to provide clear, transparent and reliable advice to our clients.

Frequently Asked Questions

What activities are not permitted under a permitted paid engagement visa?

The visa holders cannot undertake work unrelated to main job, live in the UK for an extended period, access public funds, study more than 30 days or that be the main purpose of the visit, marry or enter into a civil partnership or bring dependants to the UK.

What are the common reasons for a visit visa refusal?

The common refusal reasons are not evidencing intention to return or expertise in specific areas of work or occupation overseas. Applicants must also provide evidence of invitation from a UK based organisation they will be getting paid from.

Can I bring my family members on a visit visa?

It is possible for the applicants to apply and travel as a family group; however they must make separate applications and pay the relevant fees accordingly.

How long can I stay and can I extend my visit visa?

The maximum permitted stay under a Permitted Paid Engagement visa is 1 months and extending this visa is not permitted within the UK.

What can I do if my visit visa application is refused?

The applicant should try and understand the reasoning for the refusal and see if further evidence can be provided to rectify the issues. If so, it is best to make a fresh application. There is no right of appeal against this visa refusal. The applicant may however challenge this by the way of a judicial review.
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